Speaker Highlight: Heiko Bleher

Heiko Bleher, one of our most popular speakers at last year’s Aquatic Experience Chicago, has dedicated his life, being the third generation of an aquarium plant and fish pioneer family, to the freshwater habitats, its fish (having discovered or rediscovered, and introduced to the hobby and public aquaria over 6000 different species already), flora and aquatic fauna as well as invertebrates, through a rich personal history full of adventure and travel. Since being a child, Bleher nurtured and developed this fascination with fish into his adult life and by seeking out an education at the University of South Florida, pursuing courses in ichthyology, biology, limnology, oceanography and parasitology. He has worked on several fish farms and is an avid collector of fish and aquatic plant life.

 

This year, Bleher returns to Chicago to present two special lectures, Amazing Freshwater Fishes and Their Unique Biology and New Rainbowfishes and Blue Eyes. With both talks geared towards hobbyists, wholesalers, and retailers, the tremendous amount of information Bleher will deliver will contain new and unknown features he has explored, experienced, and practiced with passion over the years with an aim to teach attendees about nature, its amazing freshwater biodiversity, their biology and how it functions.

 

During his talk The Amazing Freshwater Fishes and Their Unique Biology Bleher will demonstrate particular emphasis on freshwater animal behavior, unique reproduction processes, and unknown communication methods if fishes. He will show that this is the most beautiful and educational hobby we can have and showcase the unique biology of freshwater fish the oldest vertebrates on planet earth.

 

The second talk New Rainbowfishes and Blue Eyes he will specifically pivot around these two amazing and colourful, as well as peaceful ornamental fish groups, which he has been studying and collecting on his yearly field trips throughout Australasia since 1974. And being one of the pioneers to introduce most of todays species into the hobby, he will bring an update on the latest (in January and October of 2015) described new species, in his strict peer reviewed journal aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology. He will also talk about some of the species still not introduced and about the future of these magnificent and beautiful fishes and their biodiversity, and show some of which are reaching the hobby market just now.

 

Two sure to be excellent presentations not to be missed this year, see more details on The Aquatic Experience’s website!